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DSPCA response to Sunday Times Article

Monday April 18, 2011

The DSPCA founded in 1840  is Ireland’s oldest and largest animal welfare organisation and cares for all animals and is not an affiliate of any other welfare organisation in Ireland, nor do we operate any local authority pounds.

Because of recent media coverage on the destruction of dogs in pounds in Ireland, the DSPCA have made the following statement.


The DSPCA is committed to the ongoing development of a comprehensive and coherent service in the delivery of Animal Welfare in Ireland. The DSPCA places a value on all animals’ lives regardless of pedigree or prettiness and we believe this should be the role of all animal welfare organisations. The DSPCA will never put a healthy rehomable animal to sleep.  We continually work to ensure that the 4,000 animals that the DSPCA centre deals with every year have a safe and secure future. Last year the DSPCA rehomed almost 1500 dogs in Ireland. Every animal we adopt is fully checked by our dedicated veterinary team, vaccinated, microchipped and spayed or neutered as well as home checks carried out prior to adoption.


The DSPCA acknowledges that it can be difficult to find homes for animals, which is why we relentlessly work to improve our organisation and find ways to rehome more animals so that we will never have to resort to destroying a healthy, rehomable animal. In the past 5 years the DSPCA has done many things to improve our rehoming rates such as:
1) Hiring 3 adoption consultants - whose primary role is to promote and rehome animals
2) Hiring additional animal care staff
3) Developing an extensive  foster programme that in 2010 alone saved 1,277 animals’ lives
4) Aggressive recruitment of volunteers and the coordination of a massive volunteer programme
5) Engaging and training volunteer dog trainers who work to rehabilitate dogs
6) Collaborating with responsible rescue groups to help rehome more animals
7) Running education, media and online campaigns to encourage people to adopt rescued animals and to spay and neuter their own pets, which we believe will make a difference in people’s long-term attitude towards animals.


Saving lives requires persistence and a continuous investment in the infrastructure of  our centre.  Every year we manage to successfully rescue, treat and rehome more than 4,000 animals.  We believe this is a testament to our commitment to a pioneering animal welfare model that refuses to condemn strays and unwanted animals to death.  We provide discounted spay and neuter programmes through our Mobile Veterinary Clinic which operates four evenings a week as well as discounted microchipping at our centre


As a charity that is supported almost entirely by the public, we must be responsible stewards of this funding and use our funds and resources to save lives and improve life for all animals.  We would like to thank all our supporters, fosterers and volunteers for their continued support.

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